Drought in the Northeast affect 10 million people


Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Drought in the Northeast affect 10 million people


Six Brazilian Northeastern States still suffer from drought, affecting 10 million people. In Bahia, Alagoas, Sergipe, Pernambuco, Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte it rains only in isolated spots, which does not solve the situation, according to the National Institute of meteorology (Inmet). The low temperature of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans is the cause of the lack of rain in the region.
The report is the Agency Brazil, 3/4/2013.
In Recife, even with the rain on Sunday evening (3) rationing in flat areas began on Friday (1°) and 82 districts of the metropolitan area are affected. According to the Ministry of Energy and water resources in the State of Pernambuco, the measure was adopted because a dam operates with just 19 percent of capacity.
The system provides that the flat areas of the reef will be 8:0 pm with 28 hours without water. in the areas of morro, the rationing was already used as a prevention measure. Castor was adopted taking into account the situation of the main water reservoirs that supply the region, since in February it rained only 30% of the expected.
The index of below-average rain in those States is 75%. The remainder is the amount equal to or above the average. According to Inmet, there is no rain forecast for the next five days in Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia, who have the largest number of municipalities still in emergency situation.
In the South of the States of Maranhão and Piauí has been constant rain since October. In Maranhão rained 190 millimeters (mm) of 230 mm expected for the entire month of February. In Teresina, it rained more than expected, 200 mm. for Inmet, these data indicate that “the situation in those States is getting back to normal”. On the coast between Natal and Recife also rains, but it is still very little to supply the population.



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